Across North America, the clouds are starting to break.
Skies are clearing, layers of clothing are coming off, and our thoughts drift to vacations, beaches, and driving the open road with the wind in our hair.
If you’ve got a garage, now is a perfect time to close the book on winter and start the transition to summer.
Depending on how neglected your garage was during the winter, you might have a bit more cleaning to do, but that’s alright. Take a couple of hours here and there over the upcoming weekends to get things in order.
No need to rush. You’ve got plenty of time.
Here are a few easy things you might do to get started.
Air it out: Open the door for a few hours in the middle of the day. If there’s a back door, open that, too. Get the fresh air flowing through.
Sweep: All manner of debris settles onto the floor of our garages over the winter. Sand and salt get stuck in your tires if you live in cold climates. Leaves and dirt collect everywhere else. Buy a good push broom and get all of that surface grit out.
Check gardening, patio, and pool supplies: For a great many of us, the things we use in summer sit neglected all through winter. Do a quick inventory to make sure you have everything you need. Are your tools for yardwork in good working order? Does your mower have gas? Do you have enough chemicals to keep your pool clean? Did your patio furniture cushions grow any mildew after sitting for so long? Replace what needs replacing.
Check for mold: Lots of us store boxes full of stuff in the garage. A few months of wetter weather and stagnation can generate quite a bit of mold. Look over your boxes and see if any of them are compromised. If they are, it’s a good time to check inside to make sure nothing got damaged and perhaps weed out what you no longer need.
If you like how things are shaping up, consider going one step further. Perhaps it’s time to have a custom storage system designed and installed to elevate your garage to the next level.
See you out in the sun!
Ginny Snook Scott is the Chief Design Officer at California Closets. She has over 25 years experience with California Closets and has helped over 1,000 clients create custom closets and organize their home. Connect with Ginny on Google+.